LACMA Adds a Niemeyer "Rio Chaise"

Oscar Niemeyer and Anna Maria Niemeyer, Rio Chaise, 1978. LACMA. Photo: Ulysses de Santi

More modern seating: On LACMA's Unframed blog, curator Ilona Katzew surveys recent acquisitions of Latin American chairs. Included is this suave Rio Chaise designed by Oscar Niemeyer and Anna Maria Niemeyer. 


Anonymous said…
I just read this and it's another example of how skilled, gifted, talented people span the globe:

"The fashion world’s ultimate gentleman, Oscar de la Renta was born in 1932 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic."

To accommodate the cultures of the world, the re-built LACMA being smaller instead of larger and having plenty of windows instead of areas better suited for exhibits (walls to hang objects on and objects protected from sunlight) is another reminder of "what the hell are they thinking?!"
I was in thrall of the beautiful Niemeyer "Rio Chaise," so, of course, I went to to check it out.
Is the wood steam-bent ebony? Lacquered plywood?
Is that bleached rattan?
Any road, absolutely NADA on the museum's web site.
My question is, "What are LACMA's curators doing all day?"
I bet there is an army of champing-at-the-bit slave labor among LA-based graduate students in IT and art history who would love to generate a full, on-line catalog of the museum's holdings.
In this day and age [2022 CE], there is absolutely no excuse why LACMA doesn't have a full on-line accounting of its treasures.
LACMA, aren't you ashamed!??
PS- I finally got my answers when I found a "Rio Chaise" available for sale on the commercial market. It shouldn't be that hard!
Anonymous said…
Great thanks, whoever you are.
Silly of me to have inputted search terms Niemeyer and "Rio Chaise".
I just needed the proper code "Bananas".
The LACMA web site would have only recognized this object if I inputted "Marquesa Bench". Would anybody plausibly call this a bench? Unless you are thinking see-saw. I don't know.
Interesting that, like Donald Judd, for example, the Niemeyers used a fabricator for their designs, rather than making them themselves, as Les Lalanne did.
Separately, but critically important: "NO IMAGE AVAILABLE." The worst three words in museology!!
Even if I'd somehow landed on the correct page, without an available photo, I would have never known that I was looking at the [LACMA's absolute minimum] data for the "Rio Chaise." Ugh.
Could someone PLEASE explain why so many of museums' holdings have a bar against educational photographs on their web sites?
And I'm asking as a lawyer!
Anonymous said…
I'm not sure why LACMA has so many "NO IMAGE AVAILABLE" notices for their items. I notice sometimes an artifact will have an image then later it'll be deleted. I'm not sure who's in charge of LACMA's website but it's incredibly annoying.
Anonymous said…
Why is LACMA buying crap that no one wants to see? Chairs--seriously?!! Save your pennies and buy a painting or sculpture or at least a chair that won't be found at your local Goodwill.
Anonymous said…
^ The funds to buy the furniture are coming from a gift made by collectors into art from Mexico and South America. So the museum is obligated to acquire works based on that geographical designation.

I think that furniture is no less worthy of collecting than other types of objects in a museum of the visual arts are. The better question is why is LACMA adding to a collection when their physical structure and operating budget are being ripped apart by a freeway overpass?
Per Downton Abbey...

Lady Rosamund: "What Do You Think Makes The English The Way We Are?"

Dowager Countess of Grantham: "I Don't Know. Opinions Differ. Some Say Our History. But I Blame The Weather."